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Capturing A Heart

I am Your Chosen Child

Jesus is the Master… “At Capturing A Heart”

It was what a friend of mine calls “a life intervention”, between Saul of Tarsus and the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet it becomes the life changing event where Saul becames Paul and a destiny is transformed. It was somewhere along the Damascus Road that a light from Heaven peered directly into a very dark place… Saul’s heart.

A Stubborn Heart:

His was no ordinary heart, it was thirsting for blood and zealous for a law without mercy. The determination and hatred seemed to overflow in his quest for letters of approval from the governing leaders of Jerusalem. It made him a persecuter of the Church and pursuer of Christians. “Still breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, this ruthless man seemed convinced that the followers of “The Way” needed “to be bound and brought to Jerusalem”.

Divine Encounter:

What could have been an end, becomes a transformation. A light from Heaven, the voice of Jesus and three days without physical sight made all that seemed so desperate, pale in its urgency. Saul was now waiting for a visitor in a place he had never been, from someone he had never met, with a message he would never have imagined.

What could this mean?

While at the house of a man named Judas, on Straight Street, Saul was left to consider the vision of the Risen Lord Jesus for three long days. Would this end in death? Would it be quick or was God’s Son so angry that He would torture the persecuter? Saul would have no sight, just an echo in his heart of an encounter that struck him to the ground. ”Could it really be true that this Jesus had risen from the dead?” This would re-focus anyone’s life, but what could Jesus mean by “you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6).

Receiving Sight!

Ananias enters the house; and laying his hands on Saul he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17). Jesus was saying, “I have chosen you as My vessel to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings and the Children of Israel” (Acts 9:14), but more than that, He was capturing the heart by an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he would never be the same again! Scales fell away and a new determination was birthed within his heart. Saul would be wrecked forever, because his heart had been captured by Love, Himself… not the emotion, the Holy Spirit.

Filled with the Holy Spirit!

The Lord Jesus captured the heart of the persecuter; Saul, by filling him with the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt for anyone to become completely captured, they must be completely filled with the Holy Spirit. I have heard it said that in order to remove a passion from a heart, like fear or hate; it must be conquered by a greater passion, like chosenness and love. My only comment is that when the Holy Spirit fills a person, He captures the seat of all passion.

“I count all things loss…that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8)

We read in the Apostle Paul’s words, an expression of the captured  heart. He holds forth a compelling satisfaction in knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and a desire to see the salvation of his fellow countrymen. This formerly driven persecuter was now focused on preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike (Rom 10:1-4). His greatest desire and prayer to God for all of them was that they might be saved. His longing was that they turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for the capturing of their own hearts.

Called to Freedom

We have been called to freedom! Sin’s curse is broken by the blood of Jesus and the faith of the believer. No question, we must recognize the significant privilege we are offered as God’s Children. What can we say to such a gift?

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…” said the Apostle Paul (Rom 8:32).

The great Apostle’s analysis comes with several conclusions…

  • There is therefore no condemnation for the believer!
  • If God is for us, who can be against us!
  • Surely He will give us all things!
  • In all this we are more than conquerors!
  • Nothing can separate us from His love!

Jesus said, “…you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32). The key to genuine freedom is found in the phrase, “know the Truth”; because Jesus would later tell us that He was “the way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6).

To know Christ is to walk in freedom and to walk in the Holy Spirit is how we maintain our freedom.

The word “Christ” is actually a title, not a name. It means Anointed One. Jesus, God’s Christ, was the Anointed One sent to destroy the yokes of bondage and lift the burden of sin from our shoulders (Isa 10:27).  When Jesus was about to begin His ministry He announced the fulfilment of Isaiah 61… that He was the Anointed One of the Holy Spirit sent from God to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. To call all humanity to freedom from poverty, brokenness, captivity, blindness and oppression (Lk 4:18-19). To declare that this would become the season of Jubilee; freedom from debts and freedom from sins that made us debtors.

Jesus has set us free by forgiving our debts!

Therefore, since we have been called to freedom and made free by our faith in the blood of Jesus, we should never allow ourselves to again be subject to a yoke of slavery (Gal 5:1). The Apostle Paul tells us, ”Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17). Through our fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God is brought to our remembrance and transformation takes place. As we yield ourselves to Him, He renews our minds and maintains our freedom in the Truth.